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Release: #18-17
February 22, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces
2018 Civic Learning Award Recipients

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 74 schools won this year’s Civic Learning Awards, which celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. Now in its sixth year, the awards program is co-sponsored by Torlakson and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

“These schools provide great examples of how to creatively and effectively teach civics to our students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “Civics is a critical component of our education system. It helps prepare our students for college, and also to be active participants in civic life, which is critical to maintaining a vibrant democracy.”

“It is inspiring to see so many schools developing the next generation of leaders through civic education,” said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. “In the end, civics education promotes civic engagement.”

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye visits schools receiving Awards of Excellence, the highest level, which include:

  • El Camino Creek Elementary School in San Diego County, where all students participated in classroom-based mock trials and collaborated on building a mock courtroom on their campus as part of a school-wide focus on justice.
  • Oak Grove Middle School in San Diego County, which simulated congressional hearings where students prepared and answered (as a team) a series of questions from adult judges to defend their positions on current political or school policy issues.
  • John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Los Angeles County, where students presented proposed legislation and requests for grant funding to tackle specific local issues such as drought, transportation, and waste disposal.

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, six schools received Awards of Distinction, and 65 schools received Awards of Merit. Launched at the Civic Learning California Summit in 2013, the awards have recognized more than 200 schools. More information on the Civic Education Initiative may be found on the CDE’s Civic Education Web page.

Below is a full list of the 2018 Civic Learning Award recipients:

Award School School District County

Excellence

El Camino Creek Elementary School

Encinitas Union School District

San Diego County

Excellence

Oak Grove Middle School

Jamul-Dulzura Union School District

San Diego County

Excellence

John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School

Pasadena Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Distinction

Flora Vista Elementary School

Encinitas Union School District

San Diego County

Distinction

Laurel Street School

Compton Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Distinction

South Junior High School

Anaheim Union High School District

Orange County

Distinction

Rio Linda Preparatory Academy

Twin Rivers Unified School District

Sacramento County

Distinction

East Palo Alto Academy

Sequoia Union High School District

San Mateo County

Distinction

Adolfo Camarillo High School

Oxnard Union High School District

Ventura County

Merit

Hayward Community School

Alameda County Office of Education

Alameda County

Merit

Achieve Charter School

Achieve Charter Schools of Paradise

Butte County

Merit

Little Chico Creek Elementary

Chico Unified School District

Butte County

Merit

Antioch Charter Academy

Antioch Charter Academy

Contra Costa County

Merit

Sunset High School

Del Norte County Unified

Del Norte County

Merit

Sierra Elementary School

Placerville Union School District

El Dorado County

Merit

Baird Middle School

Fresno Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Century Elementary School

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Cole Elementary School

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Freedom Elementary School

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

John Sutter Middle School

Fowler Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Maple Creek Elementary

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Quail Lake Charter School

Sanger Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Tarpey Elementary School

Clovis Unified School District

Fresno County

Merit

Fortuna Middle School

Fortuna Elementary School District

Humboldt County

Merit

Eastwood Elementary School

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

El Rancho High School

El Rancho Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Jefferson Elementary School

Compton Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

John H. Nuffer Elementary

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Julia B. Morrison Elementary School

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Road to Success Academy Camp Scott

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Los Angeles County

Merit

Sierra Vista Middle School

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Sparks Middle School

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Sunset Elementary School

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Wedgeworth Elementary School

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Workman Elementary School

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Merit

Dale Junior High School

Anaheim Union High School District

Orange County

Merit

El Dorado High School

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Orange County

Merit

Laguna Beach High School

Laguna Beach Unified

Orange County

Merit

Oxford Academy

Anaheim Union High School District

Orange County

Merit

Santiago Charter Middle School

Santiago Charter Middle School District

Orange County

Merit

Savanna High School

Anaheim Union High School District

Orange County

Merit

Arlington Regional Learning Center

Riverside County Office of Education

Riverside County

Merit

Clearwater

Perris Elementary School District

Riverside County

Merit

Innovative Horizons Charter

Perris Elementary School District

Riverside County

Merit

James Madison Elementary School

Desert Sands Unified School District

Riverside County

Merit

Ronald Reagan Elementary School

Desert Sands Unified School District

Riverside County

Merit

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Elementary (NP3)

Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep

Sacramento County

Merit

Rio Americano High School

San Juan Unified School District

Sacramento County

Merit

Sutter Middle School

Sacramento City Unified School District

Sacramento County

Merit

Anzar High School

Aromas San Juan Unified School District

San Benito County

Merit

Alta Loma High School

Chaffey Joint Union School District

San Bernardino

Merit

CAPS Expanded Learning

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Bernardino

Merit

Colony High School

Chaffey Joint Union High School District

San Bernardino

Merit

Etiwanda High School

Chaffey Joint Union High School District

San Bernardino

Merit

Golden Valley Middle School

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Bernardino

Merit

Sultana Sports & Science Academy

Ontario-Montclair School District

San Bernardino

Merit

De Portola Middle School

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego County

Merit

Dingeman Elementary

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego County

Merit

La Costa Heights Elementary

Encinitas Union School District

San Diego County

Merit

Liberty Charter High School

Literacy First Charter Schools

San Diego County

Merit

Perry Elementary School

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego County

Merit

Spring Valley Academy

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

San Diego County

Merit

Herbert Hoover Middle School

San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco County

Merit

Hester School—SCCOE

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Santa Clara County

Merit

JL Stanford Middle School

Palo Alto Unified School District

Santa Clara County

Merit

Morgan Hill Adult ED

Morgan Hill Unified School District

Santa Clara County

Merit

Summit Tahoma

East Side Union

Santa Clara County

Merit

Armijo High School

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District

Solano County

Merit

Benicia High School

Benicia Unified School District

Solano County

Merit

Jesse Bethel

Vallejo City Unified School District

Solano County

Merit

Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy

Kairos Public Schools

Solano County

Merit

Vanden High School

Travis Unified School District

Solano County

Merit

Hollow Hills Fundamental

Simi Valley Unified School District

Ventura County

Merit

Madera Elementary

Simi Valley Unified School District

Ventura County


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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 22, 2018
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